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Western Michigan participates in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Head coach Billy Gernon and members of the bronco baseball team participated in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at Moorsbridge Elementary School earlier this week.

Fuel Up to Play 60 ( is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Coach Gernon and current team members Casey Webber, Ryan McMillin and Jordan Tillman spoke to the entire student body about the importance of nutrition, being active and limiting your time in front of the television.
“It was a lot of fun to speak to a very energetic group of elementary students and we certainly hope we had an impact on them about making healthier choices,” Gernon said. “I would like to thank the students of Moorsbridge for their participation and respect that was shown during our presentation, they were awesome.”

Since taking over the WMU baseball program in June 2010, Coach Gernon has made the team highly visible in the community through its involvement in the United Way’s Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, as well as the Kalamazoo Special Olympics.

“Our players and coaching staff realize it is a privilege and honor to be associated with Western Michigan Athletics,” Gernon said. “We embrace the opportunity to give back as well as having a positive impact on the lives of the children in this great community.”

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